reply to post by OldCorp
I am truly flattered that you decided to make a post in response to our discussion in another thread, and I feel it would be rude of me to not
participate. I apologize for my delayed response; college can be a hell of a thing.
After reading your in-depth response and reviewing the links/materials you provided, I can say with 100% honesty that I totally understand your
position. I must even admit that it is not nearly as "out there" as I orginally thought. Now to my response:
If we couch our actions for fear of the possibility of future terrorist attacks, then the terrorists have won: they have "terrorized us" into giving
into their demands. I say TO HELL with their threats; we should do whatever is in our best national interest.
I agree with this statement (basically, TO HELL with terrorists and their threats), and because of that, I support the United States' decision to
conduct the attack as a "kill mission." The weakest thing we could have done would have been to reveal our intentions to the Pakistani government,
or seek permission to enter their country-- in short, to hell with Pakistan. OBL was a mass-murdering psychopath, a slaughterer of innocent
Americans, and a downright cockroach of a human being. He was our guy; if they aren't going to get him, we will.
As far as desecrating OBL's body with porcine products, I would submit that this one single act would have served to PREVENT terrorist attacks in the
future, thereby saving lives - "infidel" and Muslim alike. I'm specifically referencing the Sepoy Rebellion where Muslim soldiers serving in the
Queen's army rebelled because the cartridges they were required to use by the British were greased with rendered pork fat. In the Muslim religion, if
you come into contact with pork and are killed before you can be ritually cleansed, you go straight to hell - no virgins for you.
I found this argument compelling, far more so than I could have imagined. I still do not agree, however, and for various reasons. By desecrating
OBL's body, that sends a message to the international community that we are no better than those that have beheaded our people, blown up schools and
churches, and flown planes into buildings. In my opinion, sinking to their level only places in their category, which in turn allows the
"terrorists" to win.
Why should we ourselves become ruthless cowards just because they are? Why should we set aside our standards, quite possibly as high or higher than
any in the history of the world, in order to achieve a perverse sense of revenge?
Let our soldiers use gun oil that contains pork--I have no problem with that. But smearing a corpse in offensive material only spits in the face of
the 97% of Muslims who respect western culture and values. The last thing we need is for Muslim extremists to have another tool for recruitment.
I know this is brief compared to the response you gave me. I really respect your opinion, and I have grown fond of your style (especially after
seeing the upstanding way you have handled detractors and conspiracy vultures within your own thread). Let us continue this discussion; it's
important. Also, if you need an ally to bat away the relentless throng of conspiracy vultures, I will be more than happy to lend a helping hand.